KNAPSACKS

knapsack

[nap-sak]
noun
a canvas, nylon, or leather bag for clothes, food, and other supplies, carried on the back by soldiers, hikers, etc.

Origin:
1595–1605; < Low German knappsack, equivalent to knapp a bite (of food) + sack sack1; compare dialectal English knap to snap up, eat greedily

knapsacked, adjective
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knapsack (ˈnæpˌsæk)
 
n
a canvas or leather bag carried strapped on the back or shoulder
 
[C17: from Low German knappsack, probably from knappen to bite, snap + sack bag; related to Dutch knapzak; see sack1]

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knapsack
c.1600, from Low Ger. Knapsack (Du. knapzak), probably from knappen "to eat" lit. "to crack, snap" + Sack "bag."
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